A 401(k) provider is most often the primary source for retirement advice among retirement plan participants, according to recent data from Cerulli Associates.
Across all ages, Cerulli finds that 29% of retirement plan participants cited their plan provider as their primary retirement advice source.
Cerulli’s report, U.S. Retail Investor Products and Platforms 2015: Harnessing Investor Sentiment, is based off an ongoing survey of more than 10,000 U.S. households annually in partnership with Phoenix Marketing International.
Also notable is that Cerulli finds that 17% of the respondents indicate relying on no source for advice at all.
“While some of these individuals may possess the detailed knowledge necessary to complete their own analysis independently, many are likely unaware of the resources at their disposal,” states the report. “Despite plan sponsors’ fiduciary obligations to educate their participants, many do not receive these sources, especially within smaller employers without the ability to dedicate resources to these efforts.”
Respondents under 30 cited family, friends or colleagues (26%) as their primary retirement advice source.
“Lacking a degree of trust in any other available sources, these participants instead seek advice from individuals that have proven reliable in other aspects of their lives,” according to the Cerulli report.
The study finds that reliance on one’s social network of family and friends for retirement advice decreasing dramatically with age, from 26% of the under-30 crowd to 18% of 30- to 39-year-olds, 13% of 40- to 49-year-olds, 5% of 50-59 year olds, and 2% of 60- to 69-year-olds and participants over 70, respectively.